This is the third year for the Synergy Conference, which focuses on growth in 9-local counties.
However, this is the first time the event is being held in Eau Claire.
Governor Jim Doyle was the keynote speaker.
He says it's the many college campuses and tech schools in our area that make it so well-suited for economic development.
"We've seen some good growth here in recent years, and this is my number one priority, and i want to make sure wisconsin continues to grow."
People at the conference are also hearing from experts about quality of life, communication services, health care, and workforce challenges and opportunities.
The Synergy Conference runs through Thursday morning.